Former White House Lawyer Eric Herschmann claims that former White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson lied during her testimony before the January 6th Committee.
What Happened: Former Trump White House Aide Cassidy Hutchinson gave highly salacious testimony to the January 6th Committee this past week. Among the claims are allegations that former President Donald J. Trump wanted to attend the January 6th riot himself and that he threw a tantrum over Attorney General William Barr’s AP interview.
At least wo of Cassidy Hutchinson’s significant claims are in question:
• Cassidy Hutchinson claimed that she wrote a note that said, “anyone who entered the Capitol without proper authority should leave immediately.” This note was allegedly handed to Hutchinson by Mark Meadows along with a pen so she could take his dictation.
• Trump attempted to take the steering wheel of his presidential limousine from a Secret Service agent, almost starting a physical altercation. Cassidy Hutchinson claimed that Trump said, “I’m the f**king president. Take me up to the Capitol now,” to Robert Engel before attempting to take control of the presidential limousine.
What Claim Does Herschmann Take Issue With: A spokesperson for Eric Herschmann put out a statement saying that it was, in fact, Herschmann who wrote the note that Cassidy Hutchinson claimed she wrote.
“The handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was written by Eric Herschmann on January 6th, 2021,” the spokesperson for Herschman told ABC News. “All sources with direct knowledge and law enforcement have and will confirm that it was written by Mr. Herschmann,” the spokesperson continued.
Cassidy Hutchinson claimed under oath that she wrote the note and, when prompted by Republican Representative Liz Cheney, said, “That’s my handwriting.”
Response from the January 6th Committee: A spokesperson for the January 6th Committee came out in a statement claiming that they found “Ms. Hutchinson’s account of this matter credible.”
Relevance: Attorney Eric Herschmann is a widely respected figure in Washington D.C. who had come out of an early retirement to work with the Trump administration. If Herschmann did write the note that Hutchinson claimed she wrote, then this throws her credibility into question.
Other Disputed Claims: The Daily Wire has reported that the Secret Service is allegedly expected to push back on Hutchinson’s limousine claims.
CNN reported that “a Secret Service official familiar with the matter told CNN that Tony Ornato denies telling Cassidy Hutchinson that the former president grabbed the steering wheel or an agent on his detail.”
John Santucci, an executive editorial producer at ABC, came out on Twitter to suggest that the Secret Service will also push back on the claims.
Reaction: Political strategist Arthur Schwartz came out in a statement on Twitter saying, “Cassidy lied through her teeth, and Liz Cheney knew she was lying.”
An investigative journalist for the Washington Post, Josh Dawsey, expressed confusion on Twitter over the January 6th Committee’s refusal to play Secret Service testimony that could corroborate or dispute Cassidy Hutchinson’s claims.